A Trip Down the Runway with The Dorchester Collection
The Dorchester Collection not only knows how to accommodate us at luxurious hotels around the world, but they also know how to put on a pretty smashing runway show as well. Sponsoring a cutting edge fashion competition with a generous Dorchester Collection prize, I was invited to watch the final showdown at the infamous Beverly Hills Hotel last Saturday evening. Sitting in the front row, filmed by America’s Top Model, I was transported to Paris, as I viewed innovative fashions and jewelry from the four designers Giuletta, Julian Louie, Siki Im, and Anndra Neen. Let’s just say I was in good company…the judges included W’s contributing fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia; author and editor Derek Blasberg; award-winning designers Thom Browne and women’s creative director of Calvin Klein Collection Francisco Costa; Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa; Shala Monroque, creative director of Garage Magazine; Moda Operandi co-founder and creative director Lauren Santo Domingo; and Vanity Fair contributing editor Elizabeth Saltzman.
I was extremely pleased with the winner “Anndra Neen”, jewelry designers and sisters (talent does run is in the genes) Phoebe and Annette Stephens. I simply adored their gold “cage” belt. A must have when you want to rock that that sexy Athenian look!
We were treated to Domaine Chandon and fruity Belvedere cocktails. Although I had to dash out to put on my Halloween costume, I couldn’t help but wish I had done a Cinderella move and left my gold slipper behind. I would have liked to have come back and seen more…but alas, there will a 2012 Dorchester Competition with another round of gifted immortals.